Volume 14, Issue 3 Guam CEDDERS Newsletter June 8, 2012
Team Guam Rocks Honolulu! by Lynn Tydingco
Guam Self-Advocates proudly represented the island at the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) Self-Advocacy Summit held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Front Row
(L-R): Erlinda Tydingco, Clinton Mesa, Elisa Cruz, Ginger Porter, Maria Bontogon, Sharon Lewis, Commissioner, ADD, Molliann Campos, Cheryl Matheny, National Association
of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Andrew Tydingco. Back Row (L-R): Hank Parker, Carol Cabiles, Tia Nellis, Self-Advocates Being Empowered (SABE).
A group of Guam self-advocates recently had a very special opportunity. At
In this issue: the invitation of Commissioner Sharon Lewis, Administration on Developmental
Team Guam Rocks Honolulu! ................................1-2 Disabilities (ADD), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, they
SA Workshop Addresses Youth and Social Issues .......3
Tri-Agency Finalizes Two-Year Work Plan .................4 represented Guam at the ADD Self-Advocacy Summit held in Honolulu, Hawaii on
First Guam LEND Cohort Completes Program............5 March 28 - 29.
VI Consultant Continues Work on Guam ...................6
Guam CEDDERS Staff Present at NASW Conference....6 The Self-Advocates included Lynn Tydingco, Co-Lead, Andrew Tydingco,
Boys Town Consultants Conduct Site Visit ................7
Workshop Focuses on Authentic Assessment ...........8 Clinton Mesa, Molliann Campos, Maria Bontogon, Jacob Cruz, and Elisa Cruz.
Summit Revs Up EC Systems Development ...............9 In addition, several professionals from disability-related agencies and three
SAC Offers Free Early Childhood Courses .................10
GEIS Campaign Aims to Increase Awareness ..........11 personal care attendants accompanied the Self-Advocates. This included Ginger
Regional Educators Explore SOLO Software ............12 Porter, Co-Lead, from Guam CEDDERS, Hank Parker and Carol Cabiles from Guam
FSM SpEd Complete Follow-up Training .................13
Children & Families “Get” the Power of Play ..........14 Legal Services Corporation - Disability Law Center, Marie Libria from the Guam
Power of Play Photo Highlights.............................15 Developmental Disabilities Council, Lou Mesa, Lynn Bontogon, and Jerriann Cruz.
SpEd Process Series Well Attended by Parents ........16
Inclusive Comm. Hosts Stakeholder Input ..............16 Beginning in January 2012, the Guam team started preparations for their
Alliance Begins Study of Migrant Learners ............17
Guam Team Attends the NGA Meeting ...................18 travel arrangements. A powerpoint presentation was developed, and native
Family Support Staff Attend Final TA Institute .......18
Transit Drivers Practice Emergency Procedures ......19
costumes were sewn. A poster display was also developed so that attendees from
Calendar of Upcoming Events ...............................20 the other Pacific jurisdictions could get a visual sense of the work Team Guam
Tri-Agency Meets with ADD Commissioner & Staff ..20
2012 Nene Directory Now Available!......................20 has accomplished. Collaborative efforts and support from the Self-Advocates, the
Tri-Agency representatives, and other disability network partners ensured the
success of the event.
Team Guam “rocked” the summit with their presentation and networked
UNIVERSITY OF GUAM with other Self-Advocacy teams, representatives from other agencies, and most
Center for Excellence in importantly with the Commissioner Lewis.
Education, Research, and Service
Continued on page 2...
Team Guam Rocks Honolulu! ...continued from page 1
After the presentations, all of the state teams worked • For federal funding support for state self-advocacy
on their state plans and national recommendations. Team organizations.
Guam’s state plan consisted of the following: Guam Self-Advocates are guided by the motto, “Nothing
• To establish SiñA as Guam’s State Self-Advocacy about us without us,” and SiñA’s work has just begun. Guam’s
organization. Self-Advocacy movement is keeping its momentum going by
• To establish SiñA Youth Chapters. planning future collaboration with the other island teams “to
spread the Self-Advocacy fire!”
• To network with the CNMI.
After just a few days in March, Guam has gained
National recommendations were: recognition in the local and national Self-Advocacy world.
• For the ADD Commissioner to host a nationally-led
Lynn Tydingco is a member of the Guam CEDDERS Advisory Council. The original
discussion to remove the label “consumer” when article appeared in the May 2012 issue of I Lina’lå-ta.
addressing Individuals with Disabilities.
Guam’s table presentation provided good representation of self-advocacy activities, The entire team of self-advocates backed presenters Elisa Cruz and Lynn Tydingco
team spirit, and identity of the SiñA name, an acronym and symbol of the strength in telling Guam’s Self-Advocacy story.
Team Guam bonded at a family style meal at Buca di Beppo after taking the opportunity to get there by transit. What a great start for the forthcoming days of the Summit!
Left side: Lynn Tydingco, Ginger Porter, Rowena Tydingco, Jerriann Cruz, Carol Cabiles, Lou Mesa, & Clinton Mesa (partially hidden). Right side: Elisa Cruz, Jacob Cruz,
Andrew Tydingco, Molliann Campos, Paula Bontogon, Lynn Bontogon (partially hidden). (Not shown: Maria Bontogon)
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Self-Advocacy Workshop Addresses Youth and Social Issues
Activity facilitators pose with the latest group of Self-Advocacy Workshop completers on May 5. Front Row: Jessica Manglona. Second Row (L-R): Lynn Tydingco, SiñA
facilitator, Rebecca Eclavea, Rudy Ignacio, Molliann Campos, Megan Boswell, Maria Bontogon, Paula Bontogon, and Norma Boswell. Back Row (L-R): Frank Reyes, Alan
Legaspi, Noa Jackson, Toni Jackson, Jacob Perez, Lynn Bontogon, Andrew Tydingco, SiñA facilitator, and Ginger Porter, Guam CEDDERS Initiative Area Coordinator.
A highly motivated and enthusiastic group of new self- on domestic violence and sexual abuse delivered by guest
advocates emerged from the most recent Self-Advocacy participant, Jacob Perez, from the Public Defender’s Office.
Workshop series held April 14, 21, and May 5. Under the Mr. Perez provided superb inspiration for saying “no” and
mentorship of Ginger Porter, Guam CEDDERS Initiative Area reporting inappropriate and hurtful behaviors.
Coordinator, facilitators Lynn and Andrew Tydingco, of SiñA: As part of tradition, former trainees Lisa Ogo and Roy
Self-Advocates in Action, took on the lead training roles for Rosario joined the closing day to report their progress
14 participants. Rudy Ignacio, was brought on board to get of putting self-advocacy into action. All participants are
his facilitation feet wet and Jacob Cruz assisted during two of expected to take a first step in a self-advocacy project but
the three weekend meetings. With five teenage participants, not all projects have a short time frame to accomplish an
the training took on the flavor of youthful exuberance, outcome. Participants are mentored and encouraged through
with several personal projects focusing on meaningful self- the process by seasoned self-advocates or facilitators.
advocacy for transition into their young adult years. Armed Completers are recognized when they report back on an
with new self-confidence, the young people requested outcome of their project.
teacher changes, re-directed aide behavior, and made
The final training day marked the end of a year long series
requests to teachers and parents for greater independence
of training supported by Guam CEDDERS and the Department
of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities.
Participants were also treated to a compelling presentation
Learn More About
A series of three sessions:
Saturdays, September 15, 22, and October 6
For more information and reservations, contact Ginger Porter at 735-2478 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 8, 2012 Guam CEDDERS Newsletter I Tellai 3
Guam ADD Tri-Agency Finalizes Two-Year Work Plan
The Guam Developmental Disabilities Council, Guam The Tri-Agency meet at least on a quarterly basis to
Legal Services Corporation - Disability Law Center, and Guam maximize resources through collaborative activities. To
CEDDERS form what is referred to as the “Administration on help guide these efforts, the group has developed the
Developmental Disabilities Tri-Agency.” While each agency “Guam Tri-Agency Work Plan for 2012-2014” which focuses
is a separate and independent entity with a particular on community supports and quality assurance; education;
focus, they are also known as “sister agencies” as all three self-advocacy; assistive technology; and cross cutting
were established through the Developmental Disabilities areas of emphasis. For the past decade, the Tri-Agency
Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 and aim to improve Work Plan has been updated covering two year time
services and supports for individuals with developmental periods. Specific activities are provided in the box below.
disabilities and their families. (See photo on page 20.)
Guam Tri-Agency Work Plan 2012-2014
For 2012-2014, the Guam Developmental Disabilities Council, Guam Legal Services Corporation - Disability Law Center,
and Guam CEDDERS will focus collaborative efforts on the following eight activities that fall under the following
Community Supports and Quality Assurance
1. Update regularly, and disseminate electronically, a “Tri-Agency Resource Guide/Directory to Services and
Organizations” to expand usability. Communicate availability of this resource through flyers and ads in
2. Continue to produce and disseminate the quarterly Guam’s Tri-Agency Newsletter, I Lina’lå-ta (Our Lives), which
focuses on consumer news and information.
3. Develop a Facebook page for the Guam Tri-Agency to enhance communication and to post I Lina’lå-ta newsletters
and other Tri-Agency news and events, and to enhance outreach to younger individuals with disabilities who
prefer Facebook as a primary information and interactive communication source.
4. Continue to provide Tri-Agency sponsored parent and youth focused events and training sessions and an
annual conference for individuals with disabilities.
5. Sponsor Tri-Agency Developmental Disabilities Awareness events during March each year in recognition of DD
6. Provide ongoing supports to self-advocacy groups to build capacity and sustainability, and continue to serve as
a resource for Guam’s Self-Advocacy Movement following the Summit in Hawaii in March 2012.
Assistive Technology and Cross Cutting Areas
7. Continue Tri-Agency support and collaboration in fostering an awareness of and access to assistive technology
devices and services through support to the Guam System for Assistive Technology and AT related initiatives on
8. Through the Tri-Agency Facebook page for Guam, serve as a
vehicle for information dissemination regarding upcoming bills,
oversight hearings, public law and policies impacting individuals
with disabilities and their families. Guam Developmental
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First Guam LEND Cohort Completes Program
It is hard to believe that an academic year has gone by! surveying of a sampling of fourth graders attending Guam
After two semesters of intensive coursework and community public schools to help determine the number of children
activities, the first cohort of Guam LEND (Leadership with special health care needs on the island. The outcome of
Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities) this research is critical as Guam applies for federal funding to
Trainees completed their last assignments and officially met support key programs for this very special population.
for the last time with their Hawaii counterparts via video Carla Torres, Guam CEDDERS Assistive Technology
conferencing on April 28. Specialist and LEND Trainee, feels that the experience was a
Through this collaborative project between the University very positive one. She said, “I am so grateful to have been a
of Hawaii Medical School and Guam CEDDERS, trainees were part of the LEND program this year. It has helped me to expand
exposed to research in the area of developmental disabilities my professional network, have a greater understanding of
and were also provided an array of tools to develop, nurture, programs that serve families, and increased my competence
and practice their leadership skills in a classroom environment to be a leader.” Emma Gatewood, a University of Guam
and in actual policy development, community engagement, graduate student in clinical psychology shared that “the
and research. One major project completed by the trainees interdisciplinary approach fostered by the program provided
involved assisting Senator Aline Yamashita in the facilitation us with a very rich foundation from which we will be able to
of input sessions with key stakeholders on strategies to assist draw from throughout our careers. Thank you, LEND!”
first responders as they interact with persons with disabilities Efforts are currently underway to recruit a new Guam
and from diverse cultures. A second major project was the LEND cohort for the new academic year.
Lynn Okada, RN, Guam LEND Trainee, makes headway in the weeding process and The Guam and Hawaii LEND trainees, along with a visiting trainee from the Utah
overall care of a taro patch, one of the LEND enrichment activities. LEND (bottom left), bonded during the taro patch maintenance activity.
For their research project, the Guam LEND trainees conducted a survey to help Guam LEND Trainees received certificates of completion during the last class
determine the number of children with special health care needs. The findings of session held on April 28. Shown above is Terrie Fejarang (left), Guam LEND faculty,
the survey will play a significant role in the Guam Department of Public Health and presenting Carla Torres (right), trainee and Guam CEDDERS AT Specialist, with her
Social Services’ Maternal Child Health Grant application due for submittal later this certificate.
summer. Trainees are shown here presenting the final report to Margarita Gay, R.N.,
MCH Program Administrator and James Gillan, Director.
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VI Consultant Continues Work with Guam DOE & Pacific VIP
Sherry Cruz, (left) a teacher with the Guam Early Intervention System, is guided through a vision screening process by Donna McNear (right), Visual Impairment Consultant.
Over the last 12 years, Donna McNear, an independent
educational consultant who specializes in the area of teaching
children with visual impairments (VI), has come to the Pacific
Basin region to work with the departments of education staff
to improve services and supports to this population. With
funding support from Guam Department of Education (DOE),
Ms. McNear continued her visits to Guam during the week of
May 19-24 to work with the Division of Special Education’s
Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) and the Part B (Pre-
School to 12th Grade) programs. Topics addressed during the
Part B sessions focused on orientation and mobility, the use
of assistive technology, accessible instructional materials,
and management of student case load. Work with the GEIS
focused on an overview of vision screening, preferential
Donna McNear, (right), discusses her observations and recommendations with
looking tests, symbol identification tests, and practice in family members during a home visit with Janet Green (left, back to camera), a
the use of LEA Gratings, a preferential looking test for young teacher with the Guam Early Intervention System.
children, and the LEA Symbols for near and distance viewing.
An integral part of the work with the birth to three population
were six home visits conducted with GEIS staff. Guam CEDDERS Staff Present
Ms. McNear’s visit to the region included a second leg to
visit scholars in the Pacific Vision Instruction Project (Pacific at NASW Conference
VIP), a personnel preparation program to train graduate
level students in the areas of orientation and mobility and
teaching students with visual impairments. In her role as
the practicum coordinator, Ms. McNear visited the scholars
who live and teach in Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands (CNMI), and American Samoa.
Ms. McNear’s next visit is scheduled for the end of June,
when she will return to Guam to provide technical assistance,
and also meet with the Pacific VIP scholars. The scholars
will be on Guam along with faculty from the University of
Massachusetts for continuation of on-site coursework. Bonnie Brandt, Guam CEDDERS Lead Evaluator for Project Kariñu, Guam’s Early
Childhood System of Care, provided a general overview of the importance of Early
Childhood Systems Change during the recent Social Work Conference held on
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Boys Town Consultants Conduct Site Visit with Deaf/HH Programs
Guam Part B personnel pose with Boys Town consultants Katie Brennan, Jeffrey Jeffrey Simmons (left), MA, CCC-A, consultant, conducts an audiological
Simmons, and Cathy Carotta at the conclusion of their workshop. evaluation with a toddler, with assistance from her dad and GEIS teacher.
One of the many positive outcomes of attending deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). Dr. Carotta and Ms. Brennan
conferences and meetings on the mainland is the opportunity were also able to provide training based on observations
to meet professionals and experts from a variety of disciplines during home visits, school visits, and speech-language
to “network” and develop relationships. A prime example of assessments of two children with severe to profound hearing
this is in the area of early hearing detection and intervention. loss, who are served by GEIS and Preschool. Jeffrey Simmons,
Over the past ten years, Guam CEDDERS staff members have an audiologist with Boys Town National Research Hospital
attended annual meetings of the Early Hearing Detection and also provided diagnostic and evaluation services for 16
Intervention (EHDI) project and have established connections children served by GEIS and the Preschool program. Twenty-
with many of the professionals in this highly specialized area. three early childhood service providers attended the training.
One key connection has resulted in consultants providing The final two days of technical assistance and training
technical assistance via video conferencing and onsite targeted 12 speech-language pathologists and two D/
assistance to Guam in the areas of audiology and educating HH teachers serving school-age children. Their overview
children who are deaf or hard of hearing. consisted of orientation to the Auditory Consultant Resource
Guam CEDDERS, in collaboration with the Department Network (ACRN) and various strategies and resources
of Education, Division of Special Education, Guam Early provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital for
Intervention System (GEIS), Early Childhood Special providers serving school-age children. Part of the overview
Education (ECSE), and the Guam Early Hearing Detection and strategies consisted of an orientation on the ACRN
& Intervention (EHDI) project, facilitated a five-day, manual, Auditory Development Strategies, and Educational
professional development training on April 23 – 27 with Practices and Considerations. Training was also provided
the Center for Deafness from Boys Town National Research based on a speech-language assessment of a middle school
Hospital based in Wisconsin. The onsite visit was preceded student.
by online webinars. For this training, Cathy Carotta, Ed.D., As a result of this training and overview, a strategic plan
CCC-SLP, and her colleagues Katie Brennan, MS, CCC-SLP, will be developed with Guam DOE D/HH Program based
and Jeffrey Simmons, MA, CCC-A provided onsite technical on the needs assessment conducted by the Boys Town
assistance and audiological testing for early childhood and consultants that will address steps towards improving the
K-12 program staff from the Department of Education. overall program for children with hearing impairment or
The focus of the first three days was to provide additional deafness. Continued training will be provided by Boys Town
training for Early Intervention & Preschool providers on over the next year including another webinar and a second
strategies to support families with young children who are onsite visit in 2013.
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Younggren Workshop Focuses on Authentic Assessment
The Guam Early Intervention System staff, along with the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services from the U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam, attended a workshop
titled, “Authentic Assessment, Functional Goal Development, and Strategies to Support Young Children Birth to Age 5 with Disabilities and their Families,” on April 16-20.
To support professional development training for Early intervention providers in their use of authentic assessment
Childhood providers, Guam CEDDERS in collaboration with to understand children’s functional development,
Guam Department of Education (DOE) - Early Intervention & • Foundations of early intervention (family-centered/
Early Childhood Special Education, facilitated a five-day follow relationship-based practices, natural environments) &
up training workshop on “Authentic Assessment, Functional building a family alliance, and
Goal Development, and Strategies to Support Young Children
• Key principles and practices of early intervention in
Birth to Age 5 with Disabilities and their Families” on April
16 - 20. Dr. Naomi Younggren, one of the foremost experts
in these areas, was brought to the island to conduct this The last day of training focused on Individualized
workshop. In addition to the Guam Early Intervention System Education Program (IEP) & Early Childhood Outcomes
staff, personnel from the Commonwealth of the Northern Integration for Early Childhood Special Education Teachers.
Mariana Islands Public School System, and Educational and This training provided early childhood teachers with a review
Developmental Intervention Services, US Naval Hospital on Early Childhood Outcomes and Authentic Assessment, as
Guam, attended the training. well as in-depth training on how to integrate Early Childhood
Outcomes into the IEP and how to involve families in the
The focus for the training was:
Child Outcome Survey rating process.
• To expand and apply the knowledge and skills of early
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Summit Revs Up Momentum on EC Systems Development
The Guam Early Learning Council, in collaboration with Rigålu, the First Lady’s Foundation, sponsored the Early Childhood Strategic Planning Sessions on April 10-11 and
the Early Childhood Summit on April 12 at the Westin Resort. Shown above are the members of the Guam Early Learning Council. Front Row L-R: June Perez, Taling Taitano,
Estella Gapas, Lina McDonald, Janice Sablan Ada, First Lady Christine Calvo, Lydia Tenorio, Annie Unpingco, Ruth Leon Guerrero, and Diana Calvo. Back Row L-R: Cathy
Tydingco, Elaine Eclavea, Elliot Regenstein, J.D., from Educational Consultants, James Gillan, Evelyn Claros, Ann Marie Cruz, and Ross White.
Christine Calvo, First Lady of Guam, and Co-Chair of the Guam Early Learning The Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo, Governor of Guam, delivered the keynote address
Council, delivered welcoming remarks during the Early Childhood Summit. during the Early Childhood Summit on April 12.
Strengthening existing early childhood serving systems children. During the first two-day planning sessions, a wide
and programs is one of the main goals addressed under the range of child-serving agencies and parent representatives
Guam CEDDERS Health, Wellness, and Prevention Initiative came together to work on laying the initial foundation
Area. To accomplish this, collaboration with representatives for Guam’s State Plan. Areas addressed included learning
from child serving agencies and organizations is of the standards and assessment, workforce preparation and
utmost importance. The Guam Early Learning Council (GELC), professional development, and data collection. Tying the
which is facilitated by Guam CEDDERS with support from elements together were work groups on a quality rating and
the State Advisory Council Grant, is the leading mechanism improvement system, benchmarks, governance, and funding.
to ensure that this collaboration takes place. The resulting framework, developed during the first two
Two exemplary events that model this process recently days, was then presented to a broader representation of
took place. The GELC, in collaboration with the First Lady of stakeholders assembled during the Early Childhood Summit.
Guam’s Rigålu Foundation, facilitated and sponsored two Christine Calvo, First Lady of Guam and Co-Chair of the ELC,
major events: the 2012 Early Childhood Planning Sessions, provided opening remarks to kick off the event. The Honorable
which occurred on April 10-11, and the 2012 Early Childhood Eddie B. Calvo, Governor of Guam, delivered the keynote
Summit held on April 12. address for the Summit, which stressed the importance of
Through the generous support of the Rigålu Foundation, strong families and supports for young children, which set
Elliot Regenstein, J.D., a nationally recognized leader in early the stage for the Summit. Nearly 100 participants, including
childhood systems development, policy, strategic planning members from the Early Learning Council, early childhood
and advocacy services to governments, foundations, agencies, service providers, policy makers, and childcare
and not-for-profit organizations, was contracted to take center owners and directors participated in the Summit and
the lead in the on-site facilitation of processes to design provided excellent feedback for the next steps in completing
a draft framework to improve services for our young the Strategic Plan for Guam’s young children.
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SAC Offers Free Early Childhood Courses
Thirty-three (33) childcare providers completed “Child Guidance & Discipline - Part A” in April. This course focused on the adults’ roles & responsibilities in providing
guidance to children, especially with preparing a guiding environment, and with using and developing pro-social & communication skills.
If you have not heard already, Guam CEDDERS is offering
free early childhood courses for continuing education units
(CEU) to foster parents, early childhood caregivers, and other
service providers interested in learning more about young
children. Guam CEDDERS, through the State Advisory Council
(SAC) grant, will be offering courses every month, via regular
face-to-face classes at the University of Guam and online,
through UOG’s Moodle platform. Each course is offered over
a three-week period lasting 15 contact hours. Students who
complete each course earn 1.5 CEUs. A total of eight courses
have already been offered and have had over 150 completers.
The classes currently offered are “Working With Young
Children - Part C” and “Child Guidance & Discipline - Part
B,” which will run from May 14 - June 30. Please check out
the Guam CEDDERS calendar at www.guamcedders.
org or contact Terry Naputi at 735-2363 or terry.naputi@ As one of the group activities, students presented their persona dolls and stories in
the “Child Guidance & Discipline - Part A” class.
guamcedders.org for more information.
Participants from “Working with Young Children - Part B” take a moment to pose for a group picture during the April 28 session. Led by Vera Blaz, Guam CEDDERS Training
Associate, this course focused on children with special needs, planning, observation, and assessment.
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GEIS Campaign Aims to Increase Awareness
The Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS), a program have also been completed and are currently being aired on
under the Division of Special Education, Guam Department various local media outlets.
of Education, in collaboration with Guam CEDDERS, recently Currently under development are another 30-second
launched a public awareness campaign to increase the TV and radio spot, a developmental wheel, a board book,
number of children and families served by GEIS. a developmental kit with items that parents may use while
Beginning in December of last year, Guam CEDDERS interacting with their child, a new parent information packet
personnel, including Terrie Fejarang, Associate Director, to be given to the parents of each newborn leaving their
Jonas Macapinlac, Disability Media Coordinator, and Sean birth facility, and other promotional items.
Lizama, Disability Media Specialist, have been meeting with As part of this project, 50 child caregivers and foster
GEIS representatives to design products and processes to get parents have attended a presentation on early intervention
the word out. With input from various stakeholders, including services, with similar presentations being planned for
parents and GEIS staff, three brochures, two posters, and four medical personnel. Dissemination of information also took
Fact Sheets have been produced and are being disseminated place during the “Power of Play” community outreach event
at various outreach events. New 30-second TV and radio spots at the Micronesia Mall on May 26.
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our children through 100% federally funded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C
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orts and shared dreams. Education, Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) and facilitated by the
100% federally funded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C Grant
University of Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Disabilities Education Act Part C Grant Education, Research, & Service (Guam CEDDERS).
for Infants and Toddlers, Department of Education, Division of Special Education,
ation, Division of Special Education,
Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) and facilitated by the University of Guam
acilitated by the University of Guam
Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service This brochure is adapted from “Tracking Your Child’s Developmental Milestones”
bilities Education, Research, & Service
(Guam CEDDERS). from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Act Early Campaign.
Recent products published for the Guam Part C Public Awareness Campaign include: Top Row (L-R): Two posters and a print ad. Bottom Row (L-R) : Three tri-fold brochures,
and a 30-second TV and Radio spot.
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Regional Educators Explore SOLO Literacy Software
Participants from Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of
Palau attended the Leadership Summit on March 19 & 20 at the University of Guam.
University of Guam CEDDERS. Summit goals included:
• Discovering how Don Johnston solutions support
national legislation and initiatives
• Discussing the changing roles of Special Education and
• Identifying the attributes of successful implementation
• Learning how to facilitate 30-minute professional
development modules that promise to get your team
up and running
These goals were accomplished through the professional
face-to-face experience that energized the thinking and
Mary Krenz, Don Johnston Director of Professional Development (right), works with proficiency of the participants on the use of assistive
Virginia Ngotel, General Education Elementary Teacher from Palau (left). technology tools, such as the SOLO Literacy software.
Fifty education personnel, comprised of central office, According to the Don Johnston website, “SOLO is a literacy suite
and special education, personnel, school administrators, of the most popular assistive technology accommodations,
specialists, and teachers, attended the Leader Summit including a text reader, graphic organizer, talking word
facilitated by Don Johnston, Inc., a software development processor, and word prediction….The accommodations in
company, on March 19 - 20 at the University of Guam. SOLO put students in charge of their own learning.”
Participants from Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern The Leader Summit was interactive and “hands-on,” with
Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic all the tools needed to maximize learning on how assistive
of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau attended technology enhances the teaching and learning dynamics for
the two-day event that took place in collaboration with improving educational results.
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FSM SpEd Staff Complete Evaluation Follow-up Training
Above photo Front row (L-R): Juan Hagilmwaal, Yap; Dr. Nieves Flores, Guam CEDDERS; Ansina Kony, Chuuk; Krystal Eria, Chuuk; and Ozimy Edward, Pohnpei. Second
row: Arney Jonas, Kosrae; Dorothy En, Yap; Etsinter Elias, Pohnpei; and June Quitugua, Guam CEDDERS. Third row: Lorenzo Sartilug, Yap; Miyai Keller, FSM National DOE;
Augustine Bungmai, Yap. Last Row: John Bugulrow, Yap and Benedict Saipwerik, Chuuk.
With funding support from the Federated States of Bugulrow, Yap Special Education Program Coordinator,
Micronesia (FSM) - National Department of Education, arranged to have students from Colonia Middle School, as
Special Education, Guam CEDDERS staff, Dr. Nieves Flores well as the staff’s children, brought to the training site to be
and June Quitugua, conducted a five-day follow-up training evaluated by the FSM Assessment Team. Actual hands-on
on administering formal and informal evaluation tools for practice provided the participants with the opportunity to
determining eligibility for special education and related engage with students and experience challenges that they
services in the FSM. Thirteen Special Education Assessment may encounter in their role as assessment specialists in their
Specialists and Staff from the four FSM States of Chuuk, states.
Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap attended the training in Yap that Participants were provided with a review of the Conner’s
provided them with a review of the IDEA special education Rating Scale - 3rd Edition, the Childhood Autism Rating Scale
requirements and the “know how” to administer identified (CARS), the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale, and were
assessment tools. introduced to using the Monitoring Based Skills Progress
The participants were required to apply their skills by (MBSP) and Easy CBM as additional tools to assess students.
administering the Brigance Inventory of Early Development On the last day, participants were tasked to interpret the
to children ages 3-5, and the Brigance Comprehensive results to include into a written report based on assessment
Inventory of Basic Skills to school-aged children. Mr. John results.
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Children & Families “Get” the Power of Play
Guam CEDDERS, with support from the State Advisory Council Grant, Project Tinituhon, and the Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) Project,
and in collaboration with the Guam Early Intervention System, Head Start, Department of Public Health & Social Services, and several child care centers, facilitated the
2012 Power of Play Event held at the Micronesia Mall on May 26. The theme for this year’s event was Summer Fun and highlighted various summer-themed activities
that families can do with their children. Eighteen different activity stations hosted 142 children and 90 parents in a variety of activities that promoted positive growth
and development in young children ages birth to five years.
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Power of Play Photo Highlights
Children, ranging from infants through primary school age, engaged in a variety of fun tactile, gross motor, and fine motor activities during the 2012 Power of Play
event held from 10am to 1pm at the Micronesia Mall on May 26.
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Orientation to SpEd Process Series Well Attended by Parents
(Left photo): Nieves Flores. Ed.D., Guam CEDDERS Training Associate (standing), facilitates the question and answer session on the IEP process during the “Overview of the
Special Education Process for Parents” series on March 31 attended by over 150 families of children with disabilities. Right photo (L-R): Anna Kilroy and Evelyn Claros, parent
mentors, act out a role playing scenario where a teacher and parent engage in a conversation about the evaluation process. The series of parent sessions is funded through
a contract with the Guam Department of Education, Division of Special Education.
Inclusive Communities IA Hosts Stakeholder Input Session
In preparation of the development of the next Core grant application, Guam CEDDERS Inclusive Communities Initiative Area (IA) staff held an input session on May 25 with
self-advocates and family members of individuals with disabilities, as well as agency representatives, to receive comments and recommendations on what needs to be
addressed to improve services and supports for this population.
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Research Alliance Begins Study of Migrant Learners on Guam
Participants and facilitators involved in the Guam CEDDERS/McRel Research Alliance for Migrant Learners on Guam gathered on the steps of the University of Guam Leon
Guerrero Building for a group photo.
On May 29, family, community, and key agency
representatives gathered at the University of Guam to learn
about the opportunity to participate in research that focuses
on migrant learners on Guam. To kick off the event, Dr.
Nolan Malone, director of McREL Pacific (Mid-Cities Regional
Education Laboratory of the Pacific), presented information
on the McREL Pacific Center. Next, Dr. Mary Spencer shared
the synopsis of the proposed study to be conducted on
Guam. The proposed study’s main research question is, “What
are the academic characteristics of the most recent cohort
of migrant students in GDOE schools, and how do these (L-R): Dr. Nolan Malone, Dr. Nieves Flores, Joe Sanchez, Dr. Mary Spencer, Dr. Felicity
characteristics relate to those of other groups of students?” Grandjean, and Dr. Heidi San Nicolas plan possibilities for future research on Guam
that is intended to target the success of migrant learners on Guam.
Dr. Nieves Flores, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, then
introduced the Research Alliance Charter, which allowed for
all those present to be included as charter members and
continuing Research Alliance members. A community panel
of those affiliated with migrant learners shared their insight
and experiences with migrant learner success. The dialogue
from the community panel led into small group discussions
that asked for their valuable recommendations and input
concerning migrant learners and the proposed research
The next meeting of the Research Alliance is scheduled Twenty community and agency representatives attended the first McREL Research
for August 28. Alliance meeting.
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Guam Team Attends Meeting on Kindergarten Readiness
Pictured with meeting facilitators held May 10 (L-R): Joseph Sanchez, acting Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; Terry Naputi, Guam CEDDERS Early
Learning Council assistant; Amanda Szekely, Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association (NGA), Center for Best Practices - Education Division; Vince Leon
Guerrero, Special Assistant for Education, Office of the Governor of Guam; Albert Wat, Senior Policy Analyst, NGA; Elaine Eclavea, Guam CEDDERS Initiative Area
Coordinator, and Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director.
Family Support 360 Project Staff Attend Final TA Institute
Folks behind the scenes that keep the grants moving along smoothly met up with Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Principal Investigator, and Shandra Carr, Navigator from Guam’s
Family Support 360 Project, at the final Family Support 360 Technical Assistance Institute held in Silver Spring, Maryland from May 2-4. (L-R): Ophelia McLain, Tim
Chappelle, Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Roy Ricky Payne, Larissa Crossen, Shandra Carr, and Kim Martin.
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Transit Drivers Practice Emergency Procedures
Passenger Assistance Training is a routine annual valuable aids in the emergency evacuation of incapacitated
requirement for transit personnel, but that doesn’t mean that passengers. A 140-pound driver effectively removed a 300-
training has to be a drag…or does it? In April and May of 2012, pound “unconscious” passenger by placing him onto a
43 transit personnel participated in hands-on training for blanket and dragging the passenger out of a bus entrance.
emergency procedures, which included pre-service checks The practice required a moderate amount of strain, but was
and drag evacuation practice for incapacitated passengers. quickly executed and resulted in no injury to the driver or
Drivers used randomly selected pre-service check sheets passenger.
to conduct a routine practice to ensure that vehicles meet As drivers reviewed threats and hazards as potential
safety standards for daily transit trips. They worked in small situations for emergency procedures, they revealed that they
teams to complete safety checks on buses that had already are an observant and quick thinking group. In a simulated
received pre-trip inspections and found they picked up threat situation, they effectively described two suspicious
safety items that had been previously missed. The exercise individuals with great detail after seeing their photos for 10
underscored the need to ensure that drivers are not lulled seconds.
into complacency due to common daily routines and that The hands-on components were well received and the
sufficient time is needed for pre-service checks. exposure and practice of pre-service checks put a new light
Drivers also discovered that new practices can be a on interest in annual refresher training and the development
drag! Fire retardant blankets placed on buses can be used of knowledge and skill. When it comes to safety, these drivers
for emergency treatment of individuals in shock and are are now better prepared.
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Jackie Aguon, transit operator, evacuates Felipe Babauta, playing the role of an The University of Guam is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
incapacitated passenger, using a drag technique.
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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
June 6 Parents of Students with ASD or ID Input Session, Marriott Resort & Spa, 12pm - 2pm.
Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27 - Parent Support Coffee, 9:30am. Family Support 360 Center, House 30 Dean’s Circle, University
of Guam. Call 735-2560 for more information.
Jun 11 “Working With Young Children–Part A (online),” ongoing June 11-30. For more information call 735-2363.
Jun 16, 23, 30 “Child Guidance & Discipline–Part B ,” 8:00am - 1:00pm. For more information call 735-2363.
Jun 23, 30, July 7 “Working With Young Children–Part C,” 8:00am - 1:00pm. For more information call 735-2363.
Jun 25 - Jul 7 - Pacific VIP Summer Courses: Technology and Orientation & Mobility, 8:00am - 4:00pm, UOG Public Administration
and Business Building. Call 735-2490/2483 for more information.
Jun 25 - 28 Educational Interpreter Workshop by CM Hall, GSAT. For more information call 735-2489.
Jun 26 - 29 TA Visit by Donna McNear VI Consultant. For more information call 735-2489.
July 10 GSEG PACIFIC Project Cadre Training - Alternate Assessment
JUL-AUG July 11-13 NCSC-PAC6 Summer Regional Training
Jul 11, 18, 25 - Parent Support Coffee, 9:30am. Family Support 360 Center, House 30 Dean’s Circle, University of
Guam. Call 735-2560 for more information.
Aug 18 Senior Citizens Transportation Wheelchair Securement Training, 9-11am, House 19 Dean’s Circle, GSAT
Training Center. Call 735-2478 for more information.
Aug 25 Senior Citizens Transportation Wheelchair Securement Training, 9-11am, House 19 Dean’s Circle, GSAT Training Center. Call
735-2478 for more information.
Aug 28 Research Alliance on Migrant Learners Quarterly meeting.
Guam Tri-Agency Team Meets with ADD Commissioner & Staff
Guam ADD Tri-Agency met with the Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) during the Self-Advocacy Summit held in
Honolulu, Hawaii to review the 2012-14 Tri-Agency Work Plan on March 29. Seated (L-R): Hank Parker, Brianne Burger, Ginger Porter, Lynn Tydingco, ADD
Commissioner Sharon Lewis, Andrew Tydingco. Standing (L-R): Marie Libria, Carol Cabiles, Heidi San Nicolas, Ph.D., Elaine Eclavea, Nieves Flores, Ed.D.
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